How to con­trol your home with Alexa

We show you how to add, con­trol and man­age your smart de­vices us­ing Ama­zon’s Alexa

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Us­ing Alexa to con­trol your smart home is straight­for­ward and easy once you know all of the tricks. To fol­low this guide, you’ll need an Echo de­vice and a com­pat­i­ble smart home de­vice. We’re us­ing Philips Hue light bulbs for this demon­stra­tion. 1 ADD YOUR SKILL

Open the Alexa app and tap the menu bar (three hor­i­zon­tal but­tons) and then Smart Home. Tap Smart Home Skills and se­lect En­able Skills. Scroll through the list or use the search bar to find the Skill you want. 2 EN­ABLE SKILL

Tap your se­lected Skill and choose En­able. At the lo­gin page, en­ter your au­then­ti­ca­tion de­tails for your cho­sen ser­vice. Fol­low the in­struc­tions to au­tho­rise Alexa. When com­plete, you’ll see a mes­sage say­ing you can close the win­dow, so tap the ‘X’ icon. Alexa will now prompt you to dis­cover which de­vices you have on your home net­work, so tap Dis­cover.

3 USE YOUR DE­VICES

You’ll see a list of de­vices in the app, and you can now con­trol them us­ing your voice. Com­mands are mostly in­tu­itive, such as ‘turn on of­fice light’, ‘set of­fice light to 50%’ and so on. Search Google for your prod­uct name plus Alexa com­mands to find more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion. 4 CRE­ATE GROUPS

You can con­trol mul­ti­ple de­vices at once by group­ing them to­gether. To do this, go to the Smart Home sec­tion of the Alexa app and se­lect Groups. Tap Cre­ate Group and se­lect De­vice Group. Use the se­lec­tion boxes to choose the de­vices you want. It makes sense to group to­gether sim­i­lar de­vices, as it makes con­trol eas­ier. Choose Save, which is right at the bot­tom of the list. You can now con­trol all your se­lected de­vices to­gether. 5 MAN­AGE DE­VICES

To man­age de­vices, go to Smart Home and tap De­vices. Next to any de­vice, you can tap For­get and then For­get again, and Alexa will no longer con­trol that prod­uct. You can’t re­name de­vices or give them a dif­fer­ent nick­name from the Alexa app. To change a de­vice’s name, go into the na­tive app, such as the Hue app, and re­name from there. To get Alexa to re­dis­cover your smart home kit, say, “Alexa, dis­cover”.

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